Friday, March 14, 2014

Tomato Basil Soup

This is an EXCELLENT recipe for almost all diet types. It's relatively low in sodium, fat and carbohydrates and you can always adjust ingredients to include lower sodium options, too.

2 - 28oz cans petite diced tomatoes
1 - 28oz can crushed tomatoes
2 c V-8 juice (low sodium)
2-3 T minced garlic
1-2 bunches fresh chopped basil
1 T olive or canola oil
2-3 T brown sugar

In a large soup pot, heat the oil and add the basil and garlic, sauteeing for a few minutes to bring out the flavor. Add the tomatoes,V-8 and brown sugar and bring to a low boil. Lower heat and simmer for about an hour or so. You can add less sugar if you prefer a tarter soup or more, if you like it sweeter. You can also omit the oil altogether if you don't want it.

For variety and added protein, add whole peeled shrimp to the soup after it comes to a boil. You could also add chopped kale or spinach, too.

Serve with crusty bread, shaved Parmesan and a healthy sprinkle of fresh cracked pepper.

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